Metal News for April 6, 2007
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Chris Volz, formerly of FLAW and the recently-disbanded Five.Bolt.Main, has just finished the recording work on his forthcoming debut solo album. The still-to-be-titled album, which is coming out on Rock Ridge Music, will hit stores in early fall. A complete track list will be forthcoming soon once the list is finalized.
Joining Volz in the studio for the album were Matt Chiaravalle (Kittie, Crossbreed, Warren Zevon) and Jason Spiewak (Five.Bolt.Main) in both production capacity and as players on the record. Also performing on the record were: Danny Schuler (Biohazard), Chris Vitali (Orange 9mm), Johnny Pisano (Ryan Adams, Marky Ramone, Jesse Malin), and Rich Smalley (The NightRats, Looker).
Volz plans to tour in support of the album later this year, but in the meantime, he is currently on the road with his former band, FLAW.
Polish-based grindcore quartet Third Degree are currently in Studio X in order to record the second full album tentatively entitled “Punk Sugar”. The band is going to record 11 grind tunes full of punk dirtiness and metal heaviness referring to the previous recordings. All the vocals duties are taken over by old Third Degree (and current Herman Rarebell) singer Czarny who will replace recently departured vocalist Jungi. As usual Szymon Czech (the guitarist) will be responsible for the sound and whole recoding session. “Punk Sugar” will hit the streets in summer 2007 via Selfmadegod Records.
The band's first ever full length “Outstay” was released in 2005. Previous materials including the demo tape as well as couple splits and vinyl releases put out throughout the years have been compiled all together on “Six Years Of 666” CD. 2007 brings the 10 year anniversary of Third Degree.
There is a new live video of SEEMLESS available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The clip is for the band’s track “In My Blood” and was filmed in Syracuse NY at The Country Club during a show that also featured Century Media recording artists BRAND NEW SIN who are currently on tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE and CELTIC FROST.
SEEMLESS features former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jess Leach as well as former members of SHADOWS FALL. The band’s second full length studio effort “What Have We Become”, which was recorded at Massachusetts' Longview Studios (where rock legends like AEROSMITH and THE ROLLING STONES have recorded), is best described as 'a blend of rock 'n roll soul and heavy metal blues'. The album is available now via Equal Vision records. SEEMLESS is currently on a North American tour with FU MANCHU throughout April and May.
Static-X will be premiering their new video for the song, "Destroyer", off their new album, "Cannibal", tomorrow, April 7th on Headbangers' Ball on MTV2. For those wishing to watch it now, it is available for viewing at the Static-X website.
As announced, Static-X are touring with Otep, 2 Cents, and Full Blown Chaos on select dates. All confirmed dates are as follows: More...
KYLESA have unveiled the band's new music video for the track "Hollow Severer" of the critically-appraised album 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.' Featuring live performance footage, psychedelic imagery and claymation-style animation, the video was filmed earlier this spring in New York with director Dave Brodsky (The Acacia Strain, God Forbid, Gwar) and My Good Eye. The "Hollow Severer" video can be viewed on YouTube.com. A contest giving fans a chance to win vinyl and t-shirts from KYLESA has also been launched to coincide with the video's release. You can read the rules and apply here.
Currently finishing dates across the US with Genghis Tron, KYLESA will also hook up with Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation in late May and early June for a handful of west coast dates to continue supporting 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.'
KYLESA on tour with Genghis Tron: More...
Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION will be touring throughout June alongside a rotating line-up with The Destro, Unholy, Apiary and Iscariot on the Lambgoat-sponsored First Post Tour, and the first batch of confirmed dates have been revealed. YEAR OF DESOLATION will continue on the tour through June 28, before departing to continue touring on an as of yet unannounced tour. The band will continue touring in support of its Prosthetic Records debut, 'Year of Desolation.'
YEAR OF DESOLATION tour dates: More...
Greek extreme metallers SICKENING HORROR have made a new song, entitled "This Cold Funeral", available for download at this location.
SICKENING HORROR last year signed a multi-album deal with Neurotic Records. The group's debut album, entitled "When Landscapes Bled Backwards", was mixed and mastered by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) and is scheduled for release this spring/summer. Other ongtitles set to appear on the album include "The Perfect Disease", "Imprisoned in Apocalypse" and "Forsake My Bleeding". An MP3 of the latter track can be downloaded at this location.
NILE drummer George Kollias quit SICKENING HORROR in February. He stated at the time, "We had some major problems the last year and I feel I want no longer play in this band, so I take off on this bad timing since I lose all the good stuff that supposed to follow after the release of our first full-length album. I feel really sad about it after all these years of dedication and the hard work I did for this band…although I know I don't belong there anymore."
More NILE headlining shows with CHTHONIC, which will take place on the off-dates of their appearance at Ozzfest this Summer, have been released:
July 20 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 27 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
July 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
August 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Harpo’s
August 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Skinless
August 25 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
August 27 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Osmose USA/The End Records have set the release date of June 26th, 2007 for the highly-anticipated new album from ANGELCORPSE titled Of Lucifer and Lightning.
Of Lucifer and Lightning finds the Florida-based death metal regime reunite for their first full-length release since 1999’s The Inexorable. The new album - a bombastic and ferocious outing from beginning to end - has ANGELCORPSE once again leading the charge of brutality in 2007.
About the release of the new album and upcoming live tour dates, bassist/singer Pete Helmkamp says, “All hail the banners of Antichrist Vanguard! ANGELCORPSE is pleased to be unleashed once again with our new album Of Lucifer and Lightning. We can promise unrelenting savagery, stark discipline and total warfare. Witness the U.S. East Coast assaults with WATAIN and NACHTMYSTIUM - join us in the carnage!”
You can check out DISAVOWED’s new video for the track “Biased Existence,” off their upcoming new album Stagnated Existence, online here.
New York City-based hardcore/thrash act PINEBOX have posted a rough mix of a new song entitled “Alive” over at their official MySpace page for your listening pleasure.
The End Records has set a release date of May 29th, 2007 for the upcoming album In Glorious Times from Rock Against Rock pioneers SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM. An mp3 of the song “Helpless Corpses Enactment” has been posted online and can be heard here. A video for the song is in post production and should be officially released in the coming weeks. The tracklisting for the new album is as follows:
1. The Companions
2. Helpless Corpses Enactment
3. Puppet Show
5. Angle of Repose
6. The Ossuary
7. Salt Crown
8. The Only Dance
9. The Greenless Wreath
10. Widening Eye
11. Putrid Refrain More...
Canadian death metallers CRYPTOPSY have scheduled a three-date mini-tour of Ontario, Canada
April 13 - Cambridge, ONT @ 69 Pick-Ups
April 14 - Toronto, ONT @ FunHaus
April 16 - Hamilton, ONT @ The Underground
CRYPTOPSY's last studio album, "Once Was Not", was released in 2005 via Century Media Records.
Finnish melancholy rock band TO/DIE/FOR is currently seeking a new label home following its split with Spinefarm Records earlier in the year.
TO/DIE/FOR will tour North America for the first time between June 26 and July 26. Support at the shows will come from SHATTER MESSIAH and EPICUREAN.
TO/DIE/FOR's fifth album, "Wounds Wide Open", was released in Finland on October 4.
W.A.S.P. has cancelled its previously announced August 20 concert at the B.B, King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. No reason was given for the cancellation.
Mutiny recently posted one of their new songs on their myspace page.
The band had this message to pass along:
Not only did we put up the song including lyrics, we put up a video as well. The video can also be found at www.youtube.com/MutinyMetal.
We're also on Sik World's myspace page. Go to myspace.com/SikWorld and look through their pictures section for Mutiny.
Also, The Metal Den interviewed Aj, which you can find here.
The finals are next Saturday, we will be playing our newest song, "Frozen." Bamboozle TV will be filming our set and will be put it online at BamboozleTV.com.
Our song, "My Eyes In The Fire," will be put on The Break Contest Compilation CD. There will be 2000 of these pressed just for The Bamboozle at Giants Stadium, each copy will be free.
Becoming The Archetype have posted a new song on their myspace page entitled "Autopsy." Listen to it here. The song comes off Becoming The Archetype's upcoming album "The Physics Of Fire," which will be released on May 8th.
San Diego, California heavy metal band CAGE has signed with DYNAMO RECORDS from Brazil for the release of their new upcoming 4th cd "HELL DESTROYER".
In addition, CAGE's worldwide acclaimed previous 3rd cd "DARKER THAN BLACK will also be distributed for the very 1st time alongside HELL DESTROYER throughout Central and South America (except Mexico).
DYNAMO RECORDS is headed by Eric De Haas, formerly of CENTURY MEDIA BRAZIL and current director of ROCK HARD / VALHALLA magazine in Brazil (www.rockhard.com.br)
Ibanez, Tama, and Revolver will be presenting the first annual Summer Slaughter Tour with NECROPHAGIST headlining and support from DECAPITATED, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, THE FACELESS, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, ARSIS, ION DISSONANCE, and BENEATH THE MASSACRE. Founder Ash Avildsen has dubbed it “The Most Extreme Tour of the Year,” which will have select dates featuring special regional guests DAATH for June 4-10 and others TBA.
This will be NECROPHAGIST’s only North American Tour of 2007 and rumor has it they will be performing their latest album Epitaph in its entireity.
More information can be found over at the tour’s official MySpace page. Confirmed dates are as follows:
June 1 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
June 2 - New Jersey @ INFEST
June 3 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 4 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
June 5 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s
June 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 8 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
June 9 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
June 10 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
June 11 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos Outdoors
June 13 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
June 14 - Las Vegas, NV
June 15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
June 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
June 17 - Northern California
June 19 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
June 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 22 - Ogden, UT @ Country Club Theatre
June 23 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
June 24 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
June 26 - St. Paul, MN
June 27 - Chicago, IL
June 28 - Cincinnati, OH
June 29 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
June 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Robot Mosh Fest V
July 1 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 2 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
July 3 - Montreal, QC @ Foufones
July 4 - Montreal, QC @ Le Studio
July 5 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
July 6 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
July 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
July 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Finnish metal monsters LORDI have postponed their previously announced North American tour dates to coincide with the band's appearance at this summer's Ozzfest. However, the group is still expected to go through with its two-night stint at the Bamboozle music festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5 and 6.
The affected dates are as follows:
Apr. 20 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 21 - Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
Apr. 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Apr. 24 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Apr. 27 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
Apr. 28 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
May 01 - Montreal, QUE @ Le Spectrum
May 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 - Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
Darkthrone's frontman, singer, guitarist and bassist Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum will release "The Misanthrope", a documentary/fiction film which will show the Norwegian black metal scene in its element, on April 23 through Peaceville Records.
A press release goes as follows:
"The Misanthrope" [cover] takes us into the heart of the Norwegian Black Metal scene and folk culture, with unique footage of Darkthrone rehearsing, Aura Noir, strange trips into the forest and even a brief excursion to Japan.
The film comes in a deluxe package including a bonus audio CD of new music by Nocturno specifically composed for the film. More...
Norwegian death metallers Blood Red Throne have issued the following update:
"We finished recording the new album after some weeks of what we like to refer to as 'the BRT curse.' We are very happy with the material and can't wait to get it back from Valle Adzic, who will be mixing the album in the coming weeks. Valle also mixed the 'Altered Genesis' album ."More...
Norway's Mortiis have teamed up for a European tour with Deathstars. The tour already took off last Monday, April 2. The list of remaining dates is as follows:
Apr. 06 - The Intake Club - Mansfield, UK
Apr. 07 - Rios - Leeds, UK
Apr. 08 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
Apr. 09 - Academy 2 - Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Apr. 10 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
Apr. 11 - Voodoo Lounge - Dublin, IRE
Apr. 12 - Zodiac - Oxford, UK
Apr. 13 - Academy 2 - Liverpool, UK
Apr. 14 - The Sugarmill - Stoke On Trent, UK
Apr. 15 - Teesside University - Middlesbrough, UK
Apr. 17 - Rockhal - Esch/Alzette, LUX
Apr. 18 - Z7 - Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 19 - Katakombe - Karlsrume, DE
Apr. 20 - Matrix - Bochum, GER
Apr. 21 - Oktoberhallen - Wieze, BE
Apr. 22 - Baroeg - Rotterdam, NETH
Apr. 23 - Muzikzentrum - Hannover, DE
Apr. 24 - Copenhagen - The Rock - Denmark
Apr. 25 - Train - Arhus, DK
Apr. 26 - Markthallle - Hamburg, DE
Apr. 27 - Hellraiser - Leipzig, DE
Apr. 28 - Skalica - Brainwashing Fest - Slovakia
Apr. 29 - Futurum Music Club - Prague, CZ
Apr. 30 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, HUN
May 01 - Backstage - Munich, DE
May 02 - Steinbruchtheater - Darmstadt, DE
With swords held high and shields in position, 3 Inches of Blood have been waging a valiant battle against — well, anyone who doesn't have a soft spot for mythical beasts and medieval warfare. And, for the most part, their holy war has been a great success.
The Vancouver, British Columbia, power/classic-metallers' 2002 debut, Battlecry Under a Winter Sun, earned them a deal with Roadrunner, through which they issued their second disc, 2004's well-received Advance and Vanquish. And the band has wowed crowds on tour slots opening for Iron Maiden, Cradle of Filth and others. This summer, 3 Inches of Blood will play Ozzfest's second stage around the time they release their third disc, Fire Up the Blades, June 26.
Of course, there have been casualties along the way. Original drummer Geoff Trawick and his brother, bassist Rick, left the band in 2004, leaving 3 Inches scrambling to find last-minute replacements before recording Advance and Vanquish. Then, shortly after releasing the LP, guitarists Sunny Dhak and Bobby Froese quit the band and were replaced by Justin Hagberg and Shane Clark. After that, drummer Matt Wood quit in July 2005 because of personal and professional differences.
"War is never easy, but sometimes reinforcements are a necessity to make you stronger," singer Jamie Hooper shrugged. "I'm sure those guys think they're better off where they are, but we're definitely in a better place now, too. The new guys are more into what we're doing and they're better players, so there are skills there that weren't before. And with [newcomer] Alexei [Rodriguez] on the drums, we're able to play faster than ever."
The improvements are evident on Fire Up the Blades. Like its predecessor, the album is rooted in charging rhythms; thick, crunchy riffs that sound like a cross between Hammerfall and Judas Priest; and the shrill-yowl-meets-guttural-growl of dueling singers Hooper and Cam Pipes. But this time, the playing is sharper, the arrangements more multifaceted and the hooks more deeply embedded.
3 Inches of Blood started writing songs for the new album last fall at a house they rented in Tacoma, Washington. "We wanted to get away from Vancouver so we wouldn't be distracted by our drunken friends," Hooper said. "So we spent a few months there jamming eight hours a day and drinking even more than we would have back home."
The band entered Vancouver's the Armory and Mushroom Studios in October and spent two months tracking with producer and Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. The oft-masked barbarian took a few turns at the drum kit and even recorded a few background chants.
"We were so stoked to find out he was a fan of our band," Hooper said. "We met him when we were on tour with Satyricon and he was playing drums with them. And that's where we really got to know him. He's an amazing producer and an even better beer drinker."
Amazingly, the partying didn't impair the band's timing or ability to groove. And, while 3 Inches of Blood have been known to argue with past members on previous occasions, this time they got along in the studio like frat brothers at a strip club. "The songs were so exciting and fun to record," Hooper said. "Nothing had to be forced and everything came out so easily."
As much fun as 3 Inches of Blood have when they're recording, they're pretty serious about the final musical results and redo anything they're the least bit unsatisfied with. The same can't be said for their lyrics, which are goofy as hell and inspired mostly by fantasy, horror and science fiction.
"We try to keep reality out of the lyrics as much as possible," Hooper said. "I like the idea of music being escapist fiction. I hate writing songs about how sh---y your day was or how sh---y the world is. Yeah, let's all get bummed out and cry. F--- that. I'd rather go off into a dream world. And, yes, we do play Dungeons & Dragons, and we're not ashamed to admit it."
Altitude TV's "Metalology 101" has posted an exclusive interview with GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier from the band's recent appearance on tour in Los Angeles with Lamb of God, Trivium and Machine Head. Host Possum asks Joe about the French metal scene, how GOJIRA has enjoyed touring North America and some of Joe's favorite aspects and people from America. Check out the entire interview online here.
GOJIRA is playing the final date of the current tour tonight in Cincinatti before heading to the UK for a brief tour of the country with Trivium. The band is continuing to support the band's first proper North American release, From Mars To Sirius, which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records.
RoadRunner Records recently released the album artwork for DevilDriver's upcoming full length, The Last Kind Words.You can check out the artwork here.
In other news, the DevilDriver website has been completely redesigned, and will not open until the release date of The Last Kind Words on June 24th.
Throughout Manowar's legendary career, the band has delivered on its promise to return to each country where the band has performed. Still, the sold-out Schleyerhalle crowd was unprepared for what bassist Joey DeMaio would announce as he stepped to the front of the stage.
On July 7, 2007, Manowar will headline the Magic Circle Festival in the heart of Germany, Bad Arolsen.
The crowd was thrown into a further frenzy when the bassist announced that festival tickets will cost only 10 Euros.
"It is a way to thank the true fans for their undying loyalty during the last two years of unfortunate delays of touring and record releases," explained DeMaio.
The band's Schleyerhalle performance was part of the sold-out Demons, Dragons & Warriors Tour 2007. The tour, which also features Manowar's Magic Circle Music roster mates Rhapsody of Fire and HolyHell, is in support of Manowar's10th studio album, Gods of War, the latest installment in the band's legacy of classics. Germany, Greece, Hungary and Finland are just a few of the countries where the album remains in the top-20.
Look forward to the approaching Magic Circle Festival, DeMaio declared, "This is the unique beginning of something designed for the loyal fans of true metal."
Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu has checked in after returning from touring with Lamb of God. Here's what he had to say:
"We’ve been home for a couple days getting our shit together before heading off to Ireland to start our European and UK headlining The Crusade World Tour 2007 along with very special guests and thrash kings Annihilator with our friends Gojira and Sanctity.
"Would like to thank everyone who came out to see the Lamb of God tour, we had a blast! The guys in LOG treated us great and were super cool guys to tour with , they killed it every night! It was a great pleasure to be back on the road with our good friends in Machine Head we had many nights of drinking with those guys and can’t wait to tour with them again, hopefully very soon! Our last day of the tour was in Ft. Lauderdale and besides an amazing show it was also Phil’s birthday so we went out with a bash!! (happy bday phil). The dudes in Gojira were awesome and looking forward to seeing them again in a few days overseas for another few weeks of metal mayhem.
"We are really stoked to be coming back over and playing for all over fans overseas. Everyone in Ireland and the Uk will be getting our biggest stage show we have done to date so you are in for a treat. If you haven’t picked up a ticket yet def do before they are all gone ‘cause it will def be a killer show.
"We will be playing a lot of songs from all the records so it will be a good mix for everyone to enjoy!
"I would also like give a big shout out to our message board and Myspace regulars admins’s, mod’s we do read as much of your mail as we can and appreciate all the comments, pictures, videos of some of you have created covering our music as a band or just jamming on a Dean, fan art – its all fucking great and keep it coming we love it and thanks to everyone who has came out to the shows and has picked up The Crusade; we appreciate your support and love you for everything! ‘cant wait to bring the metal to your town and have a great night of thrashing out.
"See you soon and Thanks again!! Corey"
The band had this to say about their forthcoming album and studio sessions:
”Alright, we re back from the first studio session. And believe me when I say that we’re happy to be still alive. The trip to Denmark was worse than anything we have experienced in our life. We had it all, from traffic jams to shitty weather, from a broken down Van and uncharged cell-phones, running out of money, freezing and flooded studios...but we made it! So yeah, we re done with the instrumental part. And it sounds already heavy...can´t wait to here the final mix. But first we have to track the vocals, which should happen pretty soon. But yeah, we keep you updated about everything as usual. Anyways, we keep beeing busy with shows as well, so check out the show-section, cause we addded a couple new confirmed gigs. More is in the works and will be announced as soon as possible!”
”Our last studio session was successful and all drums, bass and guitars are tracked. This time we returned home save without any trouble, shitty weather or a broken van! We received the rough-mix of our songs yesterday and believe us, it sounds already damn heavy and we can’t wait for the final mix! But first, we have to record the vocals, and that’s exactly what we’re starting with today. More news about the recording progress and some details about the album when we are back home!” –Flo MMG
The upcoming MACHINEMADE GOD album will be unleashed end of June 2007.
A Swedish couple have been told that they may not call their six-month-old daughter ‘Metallica.’ Although baby Metallica Tomaro has been baptised, the Swedish National Tax Board have refused to register the name.
The baby’s mother Karolina, claimed that the name suited her daughter, adding "She's decisive and she knows what she wants."
The couple, who can not get a passport or personal ID for their daughter, have been backed by a court on the grounds a women in Sweden also has the middle name ‘Metallica.'